Like so many amateur seasoned gardeners before me, I always
wanted to have my very own greenhouse.
"Oh Hon, won't it look so pretty in the garden?"
Don't you tell me you don't think the same thing!

So, TWO YEARS AGO (that's right....TWO) in the fall, we ordered a little
polyurethane windowed 8x6 ft greenhouse for a "steal" online at Home Depot.
Half Price no less.

My hubby, Dan, took time away from his laborous, daily chores last spring to
set a base for it.  It started out being patio stones the neighbour gave us,
embedded in a gravel base on a slight mound in the front unfinished side of the garden.
Then, when Dan was attempting (with my feeble help and a bit of the neighbour's)
to set up the greenhouse, he realized that he needed a wooden base to attach it to
properly.  We thought the 18x24" patio slabs would do the trick and drain into
the gravel beneath, however, he couldn't seem to get it square onto that
platform, so off to the lumber yard and back with a wee deck platform to build!
Yay!

He spent DAYS building this silly greenhouse structure and lots of cursing!
Probably would have been easier for him to make it from old windows!  Eek!

Enter....the first windstorm!
Well, to be honest, he'd been having a problem getting the one window in on one side
and it wasn't very firmly in there, soooo.....almost half the windows blew out.
A very dangerous thing to happen as one of them actually billowed out over
the fence and flew over the highway to the yard on the other side of the street.
We are so lucky it didn't land on someone's vehicle!

Some of the slats for holding the windows in were bent out of shape and as
a result, we got on the phone to Home Depot to order more and get this....
We had to wait almost 2 months for them to be delivered from (Are you ready for this?)
Israel!!!

So now, it's too late to start stuff inside the greenhouse at this point last year.
It sat barren and unused throughout the summer and still broken since it
really wasn't a priority anymore right?

He fixed the windows near the end of last summer, but low and behold, over the
winter another windstorm set a couple of the panels sailing around our yard.
Again.

Yesterday.....he fixed it up once and for all!

Can you see the look of intense concentration going on here?
And then there's me...."Can I hold the ladder for you?", "Do you want me to go inside
the greenhouse and push against the slats?", "Are you okay?".
Then....forget it...I'll just do a photo shoot!  hahaha!
Right above Dan's head, above the empty spot he's about to put a window into...is
a swing up window for ventilation.  He moved that over yesterday from the other
side of the shed after we realized the wind comes mostly from the other side and
might catch it and rip it off.  That would be shocking...NOT!

Try not to look at the actual yard here....this side of our garden is a work in progress and has had all the plants ripped out of it, so is now a mess of weeds and muck.
I'll get to the hole in the fence in just a moment.
This is the only photo I had yesterday of these low tables outside the greenhouse.
Last year, Dan made these by putting chickenwire on frames and painting the frames.
They go inside my greenhouse to hold and allow drainage of plants.
See how nicely they fit inside the greenhouse?
Here we are!  The greenhouse of my dreams!
Oh no!  It's way too hot inside!
Dilemma one:  How to cool it down so that the temperature stays around 81F for
germinating plants?
Well....first, we opened the roof vent window and the door.
That brought it down from 118.04F to about 114.44F.
Do I want to burn my plants out?

Good thing I purchased that Greenhouse Shade.
Picture
Photo taken later in afternoon.
When we ordered this shade blanket...I had been thinking...ahhh...a nice roll down
shade to easily use inside the greenhouse at my whim.
Nope again.
There was no way to attach it at the top of the peak inside other than to undo
the screws and install it permanently onto the inner peak.  So fine.  We do that.
Then, although they give you these little "twist and attach to the inside strip" things, that are fairly easy to use, there's nothing to hold it onto the ends of the inner greenhouse. Think, Wendy, think!
Aha!  I used two-way No More Nails tape and velcro.  I attached a piece at
the framing on each end and one to the actual blanket.
(yes, I know there's more shading at the front than at the rear, but I truly didn't
want to ask Dan to straighten it out for me again just because I like everything
perfectly symmetrical.)
The great thing about this shade is I can put it to the other side of the greenhouse in
the morning and switch it over to this side again in the afternoon.
I just have to roll it up to the center if I want full heat...which shouldn't be a problem,
but will be I'm sure.

Did I mention this was a SAGA!
The temperature came down to about 105F with this blanket installed.
Not good enough.
Big Old Floor Fan from the Dungeon is dragged out and turned on.
About an hour later the temperature dropped to about 84F, however, the sun was gone
now and it's obviously going to keep dropping as the evening wears on.

My issue is now....I have to get my temperature regulated before I start any plants going in this new home.  I wanted to see how low the temperature would drop inside at night and it went down to 46F...UGH!  Tonight I'm going to put a heater inside that is temperature regulated and see if that does the trick for overnight.
(Not that I'm stupid enough to not know the temperature would drop overnight, I just wanted to see how low it would go after all that heat inside during the day.)

As you can see there are bins on the tables inside the
greenhouse.  I've filled them with potting soil  on the top 4" and rich loam we had
unused from last year on the bottom...in keeping with my "things grow better in
deeper containers" theory, but won't be planting anything until I get the
temperature on track.
Speaking with "Someone in the Know, who shall not be named", he told me that he doesn't even use his greenhouse because it's such a pain in the @#% and that for my little greenhouse, I might as well forget it because I need double thermal windows or
I'll be lost and nothing will work out.
So, my Greenhouse Hell has begun and I hope you'll enjoy laughing at my ridiculous
theories being incorporated into a cheap greenhouse.

Oh yah....the hole in the fence....
The last windstorm also blew down this section of our fence so now
people are really dying to live next door so they can gawk in at our greenhouse!
Only at night though.....heehee.

The Greenhouse Saga is to be continued.....
xo
3/21/2012

I love this story-I love that it is not happening to me! :) I am so sorry that you had to go through all of this just to get a pretty greenhouse. Although, I would love one, too-I know the pain of starting a seemingly easy project and it turns out to be anything but. That's the beauty of building/remodeling/decorating, etc-which is all that I'm about. Stop by sometime if you are bored!
Rebekah @ www.potholesandpantyhose.com

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3/21/2012

Thanks Rebekah! I'm definitely going to stop by your site! Please join my Linky Followers on "Herballistic Blog" page! Unfortunately, doing things the hard way has always been my way! xo wendy

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3/21/2012

Rebekah...I added my Linky Followers widget to this page as well!

3/21/2012

Thanks for curing me of wanting a greenhouse, Wendy! I really didn't mean to laugh at your pain. lol

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3/22/2012

That's right Maureen....just go ahead and bail on the greenhouse Idea and get a chicken coop instead! hahahaha!

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3/21/2012

Oh Wendy! I was getting stressed just reading this post! You were so looking forward to having a sweet little greenhouse and what craziness it has been! I hope you get the temp regulated so you can use it the way you want. Have a great day!

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3/22/2012

Thanks for commiserating Tammi....I hope I can get that glitch worked out as well!

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3/21/2012

Oh my! Sorry to laugh at your expense but that was funny. I hope that you can get that to work for you after all you (and hubby) have put into it. Well, on the up side...you can put any termite infested furniture that you might find inside of the green house. Termites suffocate at 120 degrees. You could rent out you spot to all of your neighbors! (OK...may only be useful in florida. I really don't know where all termites live but I'm thinking they might be sort of like roaches and can live anywhere....except in your green house!) Anyway, thanks for the laugh. Wishing you much luck.
Fran

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3/23/2012

Hahaha! Fran...too funny! I do believe some of the old houses do have termites around here...hopefully not ours...you never know what lurks in our dungeon though? It dates back to the 1800's, sooo...we're not going to even think about that. I'm sure they'll start a parade if they're there and head on out to the empty greenhouse! Lol! NO! It won't be empty for long! Thanks for visiting! xo

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3/22/2012

Sorry, but I was laughing too. Only because this is the exact same kind of thing that happens to me. Hey, you've got to laugh otherwise you would cry.
My hubby put up my greenhouse a couple of years ago. He said it was a nightmare but it all turned out good. In mine I have a heater to regulate the temps at night, though right now I have to keep a close eye on it because it gets so hot in there in the days. Even just having the pilot light on the heater will send the plants into shock! Good luck on getting yours done so you can grow some lovely little plants.

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3/23/2012

Jana...thanks for visiting because now I have someone to harass with all my questions! I'm coming over to your blog in just a moment to learn! xo

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3/22/2012

Well, I admire your tenacity. I hope you get to use the greenhouse. I love the idea of having a greenhouse...I have romantic notions about tending to my plants, etc. I can see you doing that.
Thank for sharing your greenhouse at Show & Tell.
Sharon @ mrs. hines class

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3/23/2012

Thanks Sharon...I'm going to give it my best shot this year and pray that it works....my seeds are burning a hole on my dining table. xo

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